One among Australia’s greatest helicopter mustering corporations has been purchased by a Northern Territory household for an undisclosed sum.
- Heli-Muster NT has been purchased by two siblings from the Chisholm household
- The corporate was established in 1976 and undertakes helicopter mustering throughout northern Australia
- This yr’s helicopter mustering season has began early as a consequence of a poor moist season
Heli-Muster NT was established in 1976 and presently has a fleet of 20 helicopters — together with 16 Robinson R22’s — plus three fixed-wing plane.
Siblings Sam and Georgie Chisholm have taken over the corporate in a brand new period for the enterprise.
Mr Chisholm, 34, grew up on Napperby Station within the NT and began flying for Heli-Muster in 2014.
He mentioned the previous house owners Nick and Kathy Dyer had finished a terrific job build up the enterprise and the workforce.
“Heli-Muster is a superb enterprise that is been going for thus lengthy,” he mentioned.
The principle hangar and base for the corporate is positioned at Victoria River Downs (VRD) — a 390,000-hectare cattle station close to the Western Australian and NT border.
Mr Chisholm mentioned demand for heli-mustering was on the rise and the enterprise usually had choppers working over an enormous space of the north, together with the East Kimberley (WA), Arnhem Land, and south in direction of Alice Springs.
“Going ahead, we wish to proceed rising the mustering enterprise, after which there’s alternatives to tackle extra work within the oil and fuel business,” he mentioned.
Mustering underway early
The moist season within the High Finish has been well below average this year, which meant quite a lot of stations had began mustering early.
“We’re below the pump and have been below the pump for the final month,” Mr Chisholm mentioned.
“It is dry by the center, so everybody has kicked off a bit sooner than anticipated.”
Heytesbury Cattle Firm’s Russell Richter mentioned some inventory had already been mustered and offered from Birrindudu and Mount Sanford stations.
He mentioned mustering was about to start on VRD “two or three weeks sooner than regular”.
“I feel 29 millimetres may be our greatest single-fall throughout the moist season, so it simply hasn’t run any water to fill billabongs or waterholes.”
As mustering ramps up and provide will increase, dwell export costs have eased off their report excessive of $5.53 per kilogram (ex-Darwin), with feeder steers to Indonesia this month fetching round $5.20 per kilogram.